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Location Spain, Murcia
Central coordinates 1o 16.00' West  38o 14.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 8,900 ha
Altitude 300 - 1,023m
Year of IBA assessment 2000


Site description A mountainous area covered by Pinus forest and scrub. Human activities include forestry, mining and hunting.

Key Biodiversity This is an important site for cliff-nesting birds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1996  9 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  5 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax resident  1996  100 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sierra de La Pila Regional Park 7,858 protected area contained by site 7,858  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  26%
Shrubland Sclerophyllous scrub, garrigue and maquis  26%
Coastline Inland cliffs  -
Artificial - terrestrial Forestry plantations  26%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 26%
hunting -
urban/industrial/transport -

Protection status National Partial International None7,858 ha of IBA covered by Regional Park (Sierra de la Pila, 7,858 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pila mountain range. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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